Mountaineer Update

from Ron Macosko, Athletic Director     
October 15, 2009

Mountaineer sports teams continued to demonstrate their solid improvement this semester with more success on the sports fields over the past week. Both SU Volleyball and Men's Soccer continue to be in the hunt for a postseason berth going into the latter part of the season. Women's Soccer continues its season of impressive defensive performances and looks to be turning the corner. The tennis teams wrapped up their non-traditional season with a lot of excitement for the spring. Both golf teams are making major moves up the polls and host their final event next Monday and Tuesday at Scott Schreiner. On top of everything else, today is the first day for Schreiner Men's and Women's Basketball to begin their preparation for the 2009-10 year. New SU WBKB head coach Matt Wallis gets his first look at his new team. There is a lot going on again this weekend, but the Mountaineer fall teams will be away from home before finally returning next week for some important matches.

Here's a quick review of recent results and a schedule for the next week:

VOLLEYBALL: went 2-0 on the road with wins at Sul Ross State (3-0) and Concordia-Texas (3-2). The Mountaineers are right in the thick of the ASC West race going into the final three weekends. SU took care of last place Sul Ross State last Friday, but barely escaped 5th place CTX last night. Senior Tiffany Miller had a monster night with 26 kills and a .420 attack percentage. Fellow senior Kaycee Westberry added 13 kills while Brittany Alvillar led a balanced defensive effort with 20 digs. Freshman Denise Pichot had 23 assists while sophomore Audra Burnap contributed 18. SU (7-4 in ASC) travels to Alpine this weekend for the second ASC Crossover tournament. The Mountaineers are almost through their month long trek away from campus and will be home next Wednesday to host TLU in a big matchup.

MEN'S SOCCER: went 1-0-1 last weekend at home. Schreiner christened the new bleachers at Mountaineer Field with a 4-1 win over Concordia. The next day, SU tied perennial ASC power UT-Tyler, 1-1. It was the fifth match to go to double overtime this year. Against CTX, sophomore Philip Anderson got SU on the board (assist by LeAnthony Bosserman) 15 minutes into the match. Junior Kenny Benson scored his first of two goals later in the period on an assist by junior Derek Brosky. Junior Jeremy Leoni scored just before halftime with an assist from sophomore goalkeeper Matt Johnson. CTX got on the board early in the second half before Benson scored again (assist by freshman Ivan Benitez) to ice the match. The next day, sophomore Adam Harvey's goal on a penalty kick tied the match with UT-Tyler. SU is currently tied for fourth in the 15-team league with a 3-1-3 mark.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: went 0-2 last weekend, losing to CTX 1-0 and to a stout UT-Tyler team, 3-0. The CTX match was a tough one as whichever team had the wind, had the advantage. Concordia scored when it had the wind but the Mountaineers could not during their opportunity in the evenly-matched contest. Against UTT, Schreiner gave up three goals in the first seven minutes of the contest and then played to a draw the remaining 83. Last year, UT-Tyler won 10-0 at home. Once again, the defense is the story for SU. Schreiner has allowed just 17 goals in 11 matches this year. The team has average 72 goals allowed per year for the past five seasons and should easily beat their best total of 52 if they keep playing as they have so far this season.

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: Sophomore Ryan Maia was the Mountaineers' top finisher at the Incarnate Word Invitational last weekend. He finished 52nd and barely outpaced his brother, Michael (junior) by 30 seconds. Another half minute back was sophomore Dionel Alves, who had been SU's top finisher consistently this fall. Freshman David Machado ran the race in 36:09 to finish 69th.

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: Freshman Amanda Mendoza competed at the UIW Invitational and finished 24th in a field that included NCAA D-I, D-II and D-III runners, including those of the University of Texas, as well as jucos. She finished 2nd among all D-III runners.

The schedule for the week ahead:

Thursday, Oct. 15th:
WOMEN'S SOCCER at UT-Dallas * (Richardson, TX) at 5:00 pm
MEN'S SOCCER at UT-Dallas * (Richardson, TX) at 7:00 pm

Friday, Oct. 16th:
VOLLEYBALL at ASC Crossover - vs. UT-Dallas * (Alpine, TX) at 4:30 pm

Saturday, Oct. 17th:
VOLLEYBALL at ASC Crossover - vs. LeTourneau * (Alpine, TX) at 9:30 am
WOMEN'S SOCCER at Ozarks * (Clarksville, AR) at 1:00 pm
VOLLEYBALL at ASC Crossover - vs. UT-Tyler * (Alpine, TX) at 2:30 pm
MEN'S SOCCER at Ozarks * (Clarksville, AR) at 3:00 pm

Monday, Oct. 19th:
MEN'S & WOMEN'S GOLF at Schreiner Fall Classic (Scott Schreiner GC) at 8:00 am

Tuesday, Oct. 20th:
WOMEN'S & MEN'S GOLF at Schreiner Fall Classic (Scott Schreiner GC) at 8:00 am

Wednesday, Oct. 21st:
VOLLEYBALL vs. Texas Lutheran * (Edington Gym) at 7:00 pm

Get ready for next week when the Mountaineers return home. Go Mountaineers!!!

* = ASC contests

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